Brave loss

2009-01-08 00:00

The South African cricket team lost the third Test in Sydney yesterday with only 10 balls left to be bowled on the fifth and final day. This dramatically close result was due to the heroic stand of two tail-enders, Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini, and the brave decision of captain Graeme Smith to return to the crease, albeit with a broken finger.

By losing the third Test, South Africa does not replace Australia at the top of the world log, but the series was won by South Africa, each of the Tests producing a knife-edge result. Far from being the proverbial ponderous contest over five days, this series has shown Test match cricket at its very best.

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